2 years
Aug Feb
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 3,004
CHF 3,000
Foreign students
USD 3,004
CHF 3,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

This is one of the central research questions addressed in the Master program in Political Science at the University of Bern.

This program in the Institute of Political Science also addresses issues related to democratic systems and the characteristics and effects of direct democracy.

Another area of focus is political sociology – for example, the study of changes in political and social attitudes and analyses of the voting behavior of citizens in democracies. Additional topics addressed in the widely diverse program include political parties, interest groups, economic, social and environmental policies, political communication, international relations and the fundamentals of political theory.

The Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern is one of the leading political science institutes in Switzerland. Along with an outstanding advisor system, the program also provides for a very inspiring atmosphere with internationally renowned and respected political scientists and researchers.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major or minor in Political Science or Social Sciences (at least 60 ECTS credits with courses in basic methodology)

  • Lecture and accompanying seminar in "Social Science Statistics" (6 ECTS credits)
  • Lecture in "Introduction to Empirical Social Research" (3 ECTS credits)
  • Lecture in "Qualitative Methods in Social Science" (3 ECTS credits)
  • Empirical research internship (8 ECTS credits)